A new video was released Monday showing the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, and some of the girls abducted from a secondary school in Chibok, Borno State, whom he said have converted to Islam.
Shekau who spoke for about 17 minutes in the video said the girls would be held until all Boko Haram detainees are freed by the authorities.
About 130 of the girls were shown wearing full-length hijabs and praying at an undisclosed location. One of the purported girl then appears to talk directly to the camera.
Howvever, presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said there are lines the government will not cross in the hunt for the girls, indicating the federal government will not be forcedq. to release arrested terrorists.
He said, “The government of Nigeria has no intention to pay a ransom or to buy the girls, because the sale of human beings is a crime against humanity.”
Abati emphasised that “the determination of the government is to get the girls and to ensure that the impunity that has brought this about is checked and punished”.
Supporting this position, interior minister, Abba Moro, has also rejected the deal which he calls “absurd”.
Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls and has threatened to sell them.
It is thought the majority of the abducted girls are Christians, although there are a number of Muslims among them.